Caribbean Club – Orchid and Calvert – Local Wedding

We were so excited to photograph Orchid and Calvert’s wedding at the beautiful Caribbean Club. Orchid is from Cayman, but went to Bermuda to work and met Calvert. They headed back over to our island for their wedding on a cruise so bringing with them a bunch of guests and family all the way from Bermuda. Orchid tells her story below….

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Dream Wedding

I had my dream wedding at my dream location, the Caribbean Club and LUCA Restaurant on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, in my home country where I was born and raised- the Cayman Islands. My wedding planner Juliette Heath from Five Star Events made sure that everything ran smoothly and on time, which was a crucial factor because our wedding was a “cruise ship wedding” and we had limited amount of time. We hopped off, got married and then hopped back on the boat. There were so many things that had to be perfect, obviously the timing but most of all the weather, in order for us to get married that day. The ceremony was outside on the lawn of the Caribbean Club condo complex. We were told that it was pouring rain the day before our wedding and again the day after our wedding, but I tell you not a lie, on the day of, it sprinkled for a brief moment and then the weather held up beautifully. The overcast sky was perfect for our guests because they were not too hot and for pictures by our photographer, Rebecca Davidson of Picture This Studio in Cayman.

Our reception was at LUCA restaurant on Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman and I do not know where to begin at how superb, professional and amazing the staff were from start to finish. They worked with all our vendors from DJ TnT to Cakestudio in Cayman in order to make our reception the dream that it was and the food was to die for. The Décor was even better than I imagined it and incorporated the wedding colours which were canary yellow, tiffany blue and white, perfectly. I did all the essentials at the reception; cut the cake, first dance, father – daughter dance and throw the bouquet and my husband and I still had time for some additional photos at Camana Bay before being whisked back to the boat in the stretch limo.

Okay now for the exciting part about my dress and shoes. What I am about to tell you is almost unbelievable but I promise you, this actually happened.

I got my $200 shoes for $56 in a double half off sale at my favorite designer store Karen Millen in Lenox Mall, Atlanta Georgia in the US. I am not opposed if you like them, but I have never been keen on those clunky white ones that they try to sell you at some bridal salons under to auspice of comfort and practicality. So I was happy with my shoes because I can wear them again without being obvious wedding attire.

As for the Dress, I got my dress as Demetrious in Atlanta. My advice to any bride-to- be would be not to spend too much time searching on-line, instead go to a bridal salon and first determine the silhouette that you want. Once you’ve decided on the silhouette that works for your body type you can get that shape in the designer, fabric and colour that you want, makes sense right? Even though it was fun at the time, I regret all those hours searching online and saving pictures of dresses.

So, I had tried on so many dresses that day having attended four bridal salons (crazy I know). I would not recommend that many appointments in one day, but I had a tight schedule. The dress that I ended up getting was the very last dress I tried on, by then “trying on dresses” fatigue had set in so I could not make up my mind. My friends were adamant that was “The Dress” but I could not decide having reflected on ‘the one’ that made me cry that morning. Which I’ve since realized that the only reason I cried was because it was the first time I saw myself as a bride. Then another miracle occurred, Demetrious happened to have that dress, in my size, no alternations needed, brand new, perfect length and everything! I did not need to come back for subsequent fittings or anything at all! Someone had ordered it but decided on a different one last minute and so I was the fortunate benefactor of their change of plans. When I tell people this story, they can’t believe that actually happened, how lucky am I? It was as if “My Dress” (as I now call it) was just waiting there for me.

I could go on and on about our wedding day but I have to tell you even though I had “my dream wedding” with all the bells and whistles I wanted, what’s important is not that I had the “wedding of my dreams”, what’s important is that I am now with “the man of my dreams”.

 

Orchid Lee

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Venue: Caribbean Club

Reception: Luca

Planner: Five Star Events

Photographer: Rebecca Davidson Photography

Videographer: Picture This Studios

Cake: The Cake Studio

Shoes: Karen Millen

Dress: Demitrious

Decor: Ms. Anne

Hair Stylis: Jackie Soriano

Makeup: Stephanie Ford-Ramoon

October 21, 2014 - 9:53 am

Michelene Jackman - Beautiful Orchid. Wishing you and Cal a long and blissful marriage.

Caribbean Belle Weddings – Published Wedding in Magazine

Caribbean Belle Magazine has published the wedding of Vidya and Praveen. Their wedding was held at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman with a garden reception following at Sunset Bay. With gorgeous decor and amazing food, to incredible dancing, wish lanterns and performances. Please click HERE to see their full wedding. Very proud to have been published in this amazing magazine! Thanks to Mark Anthony Chen who assisted me in shooting this wedding.

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The Westin Grand Cayman – 33 Year Vow Renewal – The Ludwigs

When I was booked for a small vow renewal at the Westin Grand Cayman Resort I didn’t get a chance to chat to the couple before hand, so I arrived not really knowing them or anything about their ceremony, but you couldn’t help falling in love with this guys in about 5 minutes. Al arrived at the gazebo very excited to get a second chance to pour his heart out to his bride…. and that is exactly what happened. Al didn’t really get passed the first sentence before the tears  welled up in his eyes, and then it was Lisa’s turn. Al and Lisa grew up living 1 block away from each other, they knew of each other but never really met. Al went to the public school and Lisa was sent to a catholic school, but when Lisa was a senior in high school, they finally met! A year later they were married in 1981 and had 2  beautiful daughters, Nikki and Jakki. Unfortunately in 1986 Al was diagnosed with cancer and then when their daughter was 17, she also was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully both recovered and has made the family stronger. Now that daughter has given Al and Lisa 2 beautiful grandsons. Through many heartaches over the years, Lisa and Al obviously were meant to be together as they showed each other through tears and words on the beautiful sandy beach of Grand Cayman!

oh yeah…. I cried at this one too…:)

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The Ritz Carlton Elegant Wedding – Meghan and Drew

The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman was the venue for this gorgeous elegant wedding of Meghan and Drew. Meghan had a lovely suite overlooking the seven mile beach ocean on the famous Cayman Islands, where her mum and best friend helped her get ready. Drew sent up a note that was so cute….. “don’t get cold feet babe… the best night of our lives” what a nice guy! Meghan’s mum was so much fun and was there as her dad got to see her for the first time… few tears. Drew had his suit custom made and it was amazing, he also got ready with the help of his brother and parents. After the ceremony on the Great Lawn, Drew pulled out his mobile phone and took a selfie with the crowd in the background! Epic! After some family photos we headed into the ballroom for some fun, dancing, speeches and an incredible meal as always put on by the Ritz! A highlight to the evening is when Meghan’s brother played guitar and sang to them which stopped everyone to listen to such a touching moment between brother and sister! What a great night and a beautiful wedding. Congratulations guys!

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Venue: Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman

Dress: Modern Trousseau http://moderntrousseau.com

Shoes: Charlotte Olympia  http://www.charlotteolympia.com/runaway-bride

Grooms Attire: Musika Frere http://musikafrere.com

Earrings: Ippolita Jewelry Www.ippolita.com

Hair: Robyn Banfield at studio V ritz Carlton Cayman Islands
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Makeup: Robyn Banfield at studio V ritz Carlton Cayman Islands
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Planner: Elena – Ritz Carlton

Videographers: Picture This Studios

Photographer: Rebecca Davidson Photography

September 22, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Meghan - I am so overwhelmed with joy as I get to relive the best day of my life as captured by Rebecca! Your wedding day can go by so fast and you don’t always have the time to stop and look around at the beautiful event you’ve been working so hard and for so long to create… As a bride, you can only hope that you have someone amazing to take snapshots of the many details and moments that so easily go unnoticed with the emotions and adrenaline of your wedding day. Rebecca did this and so much more for us. It’s one thing to make a bride happy but to be able to make the groom feel as important and equally involved in a non pressuring way is something else. Drew is singing Rebecca’s praises. I sincerely hope that anyone considering a cayman island wedding will call Rebecca ASAP… She’s your gal for sure. We now have a wealth of new memories and beautiful moments to hold forever!!!! Love you Rebecca -Mrs Ciccarelli ;)

September 22, 2014 - 6:10 pm

Rebecca Davidson - Meghan you are amazing!!! thank you for this comment!!! made my WEEK!

September 23, 2014 - 10:35 am

mary anne purves - I am so excited about all the beautiful pictures that Rebecca captured during Meg and Drew’s wedding! You were a great photographer and I would recommend all brides to use her. She is easy to work with and deserves every penny she gets! You will not be disappointed! Thank you for making my daughter and son-in-law’s day so SPECIAL!! Mary Anne Purves

September 23, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Rebecca Davidson - your awesome ‘megs mum’!! thanks you were so much fun!!!

Wedding Film – Merin and Dima – Absolutely I Do!

So this post is to show the wedding film of Merin and Dima, filmed by Jason Menor and Gary Hollins of Picture This Studios…. amazing work guys!!!! But I have to add my favourite favourite favourite part of this video is when Dima is asked if he ‘takes Merin to be his wife’ and he says… “Absolutely I Do!” and then asks the marriage officiant ……. “Can I kiss her now?”

Merin and Dimitrijus chose to have their wedding at a private villa in Grand Cayman, Sun Salutations. Merin and her family have a holiday home in Rum Point, called Just for Fun! They wanted to have a special morning ceremony in the gazebo outside next to the water for just the immediate family and then in the late afternoon their traditional wedding ceremony. The morning ceremony was a mix of Indian traditions and it was amazing. Each set of parents escorted the bride and groom out individually where they said their vows and made beautiful promises to each other. Merin’s dad, Robert spoke to Dimitrijus and told him that he was giving him his most precious gift, his daughter. There was not a dry eye in the house :), After that Ceremony the couple went over to Rum Point where they ‘trashed the dress’ and jumped in the ocean. Merin and Dimitrijus are both dancers, so their first dance was incredible. This post is to show their wedding film…. which Jason Menor once again did an amazing job!

Merin & Dima – Cayman Islands Wedding Film from PictureThis Films Cayman Islands on Vimeo.

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